If you're building a new home or adding an entirely new HVAC system to an existing one, you might be surprised at how much time and work goes into planning the system. Can't you just perform a simple square footage calculation and move on? Of course, the answer is a solid "no." Both residential and commercial HVAC systems require substantial and sophisticated design work.
While whole textbooks exist on the subject of HVAC design, it can be instructive to learn a little about what goes into this process to understand why planning is so critical.
If your gas furnace is suddenly shutting off almost as soon as it turns on, it has a condition known as short cycling. If your furnace short cycles, it may not warm your house very well. It might also trigger a safety mechanism that turns the furnace off completely.
A few things can cause your furnace to shut off too soon, and a common reason is a problem with the flame sensor.
It's often your sense of smell that alerts you when something is amiss with your air conditioner. Most of the time, this isn't especially concerning. A musty smell can indicate mildew, while also suggesting it might be time to have the unit cleaned and generally serviced. A putrid smell can be more disconcerting—not only suggesting that rodents or other vermin may have found their way inside your ducts, but that they may have died while in there.
Going through the chilly season without a properly functioning heating unit is unimaginable. It can be a hazard to your health and that of the people living in your home. Therefore, ensuring that your furnace is in good working order should be top of your priority list.
Timely repairs from a trained professional will avert unexpected breakdowns in the middle of the cold winter months. But, how do you know that your furnace needs fixing?
Most modern homeowners rely heavily on their air-conditioning systems to stay cool during the summer months. To suddenly lose access to a functional air conditioner can result in a very uncomfortable living space.
A lot of the problems that occur within your AC system will be minor, but there are a few potential malfunctions that could spell disaster.
Learn to recognize these warning signs so that you can invest in immediate air-conditioning repairs to restore the performance and efficiency of your AC system.